How to Turn a Silk Purse into Sow’s Ear

by Desk Editor (Friday, August 19, 2016 — 5:11 PM)

Government makes a hash of what should have been a good week in the House with the Budget over its final hurdle, earlier than expectedratification of the Paris Agreement on gas emissions and the introduction of its major revamp of spy agency legislation. But failure to respond to the drinking water contamination in Havelock North […]

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Questions & Answers – August 18

by Desk Editor (Friday, August 19, 2016 — 11:12 AM)

Economy—Reports 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (National—Wairarapa) to the Minister of Finance: What international reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy?

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Questions on Drinking Water Yield Inquiry

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 5:38 PM)

The Government announces an inquiry into the contamination of drinking water in Havelock North, but only after Labour’s deputy leader and health spokeswoman, Annette King, raises the issue again in the House. Speaker upholds complaints from New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, and Labour’s chief whip, Chris Hipkins, about the Prime Minister’s delay in correcting […]

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Intelligence and Security Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 5:29 PM)

The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill has passed its first  reading and been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

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Disclosure of MPs’ Expenses Released

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 2:17 PM)

Every three months expense claims submitted by members of Parliament are released, with the latest covering the period between April to June 2016.

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Questions to Ministers – August 18

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 11:36 AM)

ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What international reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy?

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Two Bills Pass Committee Stages

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 11:35 AM)

Two committee stages of Government bills have been completed.

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Questions & Answers – August 17

by Desk Editor (Thursday, August 18, 2016 — 9:37 AM)

Prime Minister—Statements 1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?

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Early Ratification for Paris Agreement

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 17, 2016 — 5:29 PM)

Government ministers and MPs join together in the General Debate to claim credit for early ratification of the Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. Signed by 180 countries, the agreement was been ratified by just over 20. The agreement was tabled in the House before Question Time along with its National Interest Analysis.

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Questions to Ministers – August 17

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 17, 2016 — 12:04 PM)

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?

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Questions & Answers – August 16

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, August 17, 2016 — 12:00 PM)

Social Housing—Reform 1. TODD MULLER (National—Bay of Plenty) to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding its Social Housing Reform Programme?

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Education Legislation Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 10:16 PM)

The Education Legislation Bill has passed its second reading.

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Food Safety Law Reform Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 8:02 PM)

The Food Safety Law Reform Bill has passed its first reading on a voice vote and been referred to the Primary Production Committee.

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2016 Estimates & Imprest Bills Pass

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 7:36 PM)

Two bills implementing the Government’s 2016 Budget have passed their final readings.

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Snap Debate on Drinking Water Scare

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 5:07 PM)

After asking no questions about the drinking water contamination in Havelock North Labour wins the Speaker’s approval for a snap debate. Labour’s health spokeswoman, Annette King, accuses the government of lack of leadership, saying there should have been a ministerial statement at least. Acting health minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga calls on the opposition to stop […]

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Access Week in Parliament 16-08-16

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 3:54 PM)

Extended Week in Parliament with Tom Frewen and Reesh Lyon featuring Conservation Minister, Maggie Barry, on making the country pest-free by 2050 and from Communications Minister, Amy Adams, on wiring the country for broadband sometime before that.

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Questions to Ministers – August 16

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — 12:06 PM)

TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made regarding its Social Housing Reform Programme?

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